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Jewel of the NorthwoodsSpring Reading Retreat Set for April 1

We’ll gather at Jewel of the Northwoods, the lovely B&B between Hubbard and Menahga, on April 1 for a day (10:00 am to 4:00 pm) of discussing books, eating great food, and relaxing with new and old friends. We’ll explore the ways women and girls have overcome obstacles with two books as a jumping off point for conversation.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Minnesota author Kelly Barnhill, is a young adult book and the winner of this year’s Newbery prize. It’s the story of a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon who must unlock the dangerous magic buried deep inside. We’ve found that it’s a book which is impossible to put down!

bookOur second book is Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift. The story, which is set in England, takes place on March 30, 1924, although it does flash forward. It’s been called a feminist Cinderella story, set just after the Downton Abbey era.

The cost of the event is $45, which will include food, use of the space, and facilitation. Travel and books will be extra. We do ask that if you buy the books you buy them from us. We will give you a 10% discount.

If you’d like to make a week-end of it, contact the Jewel directly to arrange for a room. You may do this from their website or by calling (218) 564-6162.

For more information or a registration form, contact  the store
at 218-237-2665 or


Chili Callenge logoAnnual Chili Challenge!

Join us at the American Legion on March 8 for lunch! From 11:00 to 1:00, organizations from all over town will be serving up chili as a fundraiser for the Hubbard County Food Shelf. Jen and Bob (who volunteers at the Food Shelf) will be serving our concoction, “Extremely Mild & Incredibly Meatless.” A tip of the hat to Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close!

bookSome groups will be using secret recipes, but not us! Our recipe comes from Simple Vegetarian Pleasures.

A sample of chili is $1; a handmade quilt, a carved loon, and carved ladyslippers will be raffled off. Bring your appetite and a fistful of dollar bills!
All proceeds go to the Food Shelf.

Now Out in Paperback!

Two of our favorite books from last year are now available in paperback!

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  Locally Laid 
Lucie Amundsen
Lab Girl
Hope Jahren

bookMark Your Calendar!

The hometown launch of Amy Thielen’s memoir, Give a Girl a Knife, will be May 27 at 2:00, at Nemeth Art Center, jointly sponsored by Beagle and Wolf and Nemeth!

Amy will read from her book, sign copies (she’ll only be signing books purchased from Beagle and Wolf), and we’ll serve light refreshments.

To pre-order your book, which will be released May 16, contact the store. Copies of both of Amy’s books will be available to purchase at the event.


February Bestsellers

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See No Color



A Good Time for the Truth
Sun Yung Shin


Norwegian Wood Lars Mytting


Winter Journey
Diane Armstrong

* Indicates books which are Park RapidsCommunity Reads. Information at

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The Curious
Charms of Arthur Pepper

Phaedra Patrick


Inheriting Edith
Zoe Fishman


The Life We Bury
Allen Eskens


Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy
Kate Larson


Midwest Connection Picks


The Hearts of Men
Nickolas Butler

Here’s a review of the book by Lee, a customer at the store:

The Hearts of Men, Nickolas Butler’s second novel, is absolutely grand. It covers 60 years, beginning in 1962. These years are linked together by a Boy Scout camp in Wisconsin, the life of Nelson Doughty, and three generations of the Quick family. The thoughts and actions of the men, and the women, show few people who are simply good or evil, moral or immoral, honorable or dishonorable. Yet I had little trouble identifying, in the end, those with righteous hearts. Or, in some cases, those whose righteous hearts struggled to show themselves as best they could.

Being nearly the same age as Nelson, and having worked at a Scout camp just northwest of Park Rapids for 18 summers, much of the book had a special attraction to me. But so did the chapters which illustrated so brilliantly the connections between parents and their children.

All in all, I really cannot think of any reader who would not enjoy this book.

Nickolas Butler


Nickolas Butler at Winter Institute, the conference Jen and Sally recently attended.


book Setting Free the Kites 
Alex George

Do you remember how you met your best friend? Robert was in the boys’ locker room at school, on the receiving end of a swirlie when Nathan walked in. Although he was outsized, Nathan began to kick and punch the boy who was bullying Robert, attracting the attention of a janitor. The two boys became fast friends, despite differences in their temperaments. Robert was guarded and cautious (and gradually the reader discovers he has good reason for this) while Nathan was fearless, optimistic, and full of hope. Their friendship enables each boy to cope with a family tragedy. Eventually, life becomes a bit more stable. When each of them secures a summer job at the shabby amusement park Robert’s dad owns, their attention turns to work, exploring the abandoned paper mill in town, and, for Nathan, a crush on a co-worker.

George does a wonderful job portraying young teen-age boys in all their angst, curiosity, lack of judgment, and zest for life. The book made me laugh out loud, and it broke my heart.

And what does all this have to do with kites? Ah, you’ll have to read the book to answer that.


The Roanoke Girls
Amy Engel

Vowing to discover the fate of her missing cousin, a woman returns to her family's Kansas estate where she spent one haunting summer as a teen, and where she discovered the dark heart of the Roanoke clan that left her no choice but to run.

As it weaves between the summer of Lane's first arrival and the summer of her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.


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